U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Sadorf, foreground, guides the driver of a heavy expanded mobility tactical truck as he backs into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during a redeployment mission on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 20, 2014. Sadorf, a loadmaster, is assigned to the 817th Airlift Squadron, and deployed from the 313th Airlift Squadron on McChord Field, Wash. The airmen downloaded six Afghan ambulances before uploading two trucks.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
Army Spc. Brandon Harris stows his M-240H machine gun while his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter makes its approach into the forward arming and refueling point on Camp Buckner, N.Y., July 21, 2014. Harris, a crew chief, is assigned to Company B, 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. The soldiers provided air support to cadets from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., during their summer cadet field training.
U.S. Army photo by Capt. Peter Smedberg
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Eady performs a preflight inspection on a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 19, 2014. Eady, a crew chief, is assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Preflight inspections consist of a thorough inspection of the entire aircraft to ensure its capability to perform the mission safely and effectively, and are conducted every 72 hours.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch
Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Carter operates the Bambi bucket from an HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter during efforts to fight the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 21, 2014. Carter is assigned to the Oregon Army National Guard's Company C, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment.
Oregon National Guard photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik
Soldiers load into tactical vehicles as they depart for final training to prepare to assist with the Chiwaukum Complex wildfires near Leavenworth, Wash., July 22, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 303rd Cavalry Regiment.
Washington National Guard photo by U.S. Army Pvt. Brianne Patterson
U.S. Marine Corps 1st. Lt. Stephen Castellanos, rigth foreground, briefs Marines on the importance of security missions on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 12, 2014. Castellanos, the officer in charge of the Bastion-Leatherneck Complex's main entry, is assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. The Marines search all vehicles before granting access as a procedure to ensure the safety of all personnel.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.
A Marine ignites a fire to simulate a downed aircraft on fire during training in firefighting techniques on Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., July 22, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting. The training ensures familiarity with the gear and increases proficiency and response times within the unit.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick J. McMahon
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., July 24, 2014. The annual forum consists of panel discussions as well as in-depth conversations with leaders involved in government security issues.
DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp